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Van Go-zette Winter 2021

It’s a fresh new year and we hope you are embarking on 2021 with a sense of hope for the future! While the difficulties of last year have not completely been left behind, we believe brighter horizons are ahead. Van Go is facing this new year with new Co-Executive Directors, new faces in the JAMS and The Arts Train program, and lots of exciting new projects in the queue. We’ve renewed our dedication to providing a safe, healthy workspace for our youth. No matter what, Van Go keeps on Van-Going! Spring JAMS Apprentice Artists (ages 14-18) are back in session and beginning work on their spring mural project. These young employees will put their creative talents to work designing and...

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Essential Needs Pantries

While Van Go artists traditionally create benches for clients, the staff decided it would be best to shift gears into a more individualized project for summer 2020.  COVID-19 changed so much everywhere, and it absolutely affected the Benchmark program. In previous years, artists were matched with a client, and together they discussed the design of the bench. This program gave artists an idea of what it's like to work on a client-specific project in the "real world."    Because of the necessary meetings between artists and clients that the Benchmark program requires, Van Go staff deemed it unsafe during this pandemic. Instead of working with individual clients, artists were now focused on community needs. The pandemic has certainly highlighted many folks 'essential...

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Welcome to Shop Van Go!

Hello, folx! First of all, thank you for visiting the brand new & first ever Van Go online store! Building this site has been an excellent learning experience, and it will be part of my legacy here as an Americorps VISTA. Everything on this site has been photographed, edited, and designed by me. It has been my absolute pleasure to have worked on such an important project, especially in these uncertain times when shopping in-person can be risky.  We here at Van Go want to thank you for your patronage, donations, and support. I have seen the staff here work so hard to figure out how to keep our programs running during the course of this pandemic. Our artists in...

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